Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Take Three: The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead: Season 1, Episode 3 “Tell It to the Frogs” (B)

This episode barely features any zombies and instead deals with intimate and complex human relationships. For a show about the dead, it’s good that the focus is on the living and the way they keep on going in the midst of impossible circumstances. Compared to the previous two action-packed episodes, however, this one isn’t quite as thrilling. While this show has already been renewed for a second season, what I hadn’t realized is that season one is a devastatingly short six episodes! Looking at it that way, not having too much plot development and only character development in an hour does feel a bit sluggish. On the positive front, however, we do have Rick’s saintly decision to go back and rescue the man they left behind, and I like the fact that these people run towards danger instead of away from it. It’s a good thing they have Daryl on their side since his arrow contraption seems to be a pretty terrific way of taking out the walkers without creating plenty of noise and drawing the attention of the other undead. At some point, Rick is going to have to discover about the relationship between Shane and his wife, and Lori’s current plan to push Shane away isn’t going to help anyone. The next episode should prove considerably intense, and I suspect that the handless Merle is still one of the good guys, and it will be up to Rick and his buddies to find him before the zombies get overly attracted to the enormous amount of blood he’s hemorrhaging.

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